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Pregnant and Running: 36 Week Update

I wrote a little bit about how anxious I’ve been feeling in yesterday’s post. I’m sure it’s a mixture of hormones and lack of sleep on top of an already underlying anxiety disorder but it still sucks, even if I can pinpoint why it’s happening.

I wasn’t going to mention this but I decided to anyway because I’ve never done anything normal, so why start now? So… on what, Friday? Yeah, Friday morning, I woke up to an ingrown pube. Because, you know, since I’m getting so close to the end here, I’ve been making sure that everything is groomed and ready for the big day, right? Things like tweezing my stray brows, clipping and filing my nails, painting my toenails, dying my greys, and shaving my legs, armpits and coochie. I used to wax, but ingrown hairs were much more frequent with that method so I stick with the razor. Anyway, so on Friday I woke up with an issue down there and by the afternoon it had turned red, was throbbing, and swollen. It was so bad that as soon as I got home, I sat on an ice pack.

But then because I’ve had anxiety issues, I started to imagine that the angry lump would spread inward, infect the baby and we’d all die during childbirth. My funeral would be tense and awkward (do people die of ingrown pubes?) and I’d never get around to publishing my book. You know what? If this happens, will one of you kind souls graciously leave this part out once you find my book (it’s printed out, snapped up in a zippered binder in the crawlspace, tucked between the rejected artwork Andrew’s ex quite thoughtfully passed along to us and the sticky spider trap, a graveyard of sorts, filled with hairy legs and eyeballs). No, the irony isn’t completely lost on me.

The baby is the size of a melon, weighs 6lb, nearly 19″ long, blah blah blah.

Okay but anyway, everything worked itself out and nobody is going to die. I even gained a solid pound this week, bringing me back up to 141lb. It helps that the sun (and its heat) is being blocked by the smoke from the wildfires so although we’re all contracting emphysema, we’re all comfortably cool which makes it easier for me to once again consume large quantities of food.

Running has been going well, although the bathroom breaks are quite intrusive (more poo breaks than pee breaks, which is normal, I think, when the baby is bigger and lower, putting more pressure on the bowel, but I’m also a poo machine so there’s that, too). If you’d like to check out my 60 mile week details, it’s in this post here.

I’ve had a crazy amount of Braxton Hicks with a few hours here and there of some solid contractions that take me aback a bit. I even rang my sister one night and told her to keep her phone on in case we needed to make a hospital trip. But I knew what I did wrong that day–I ran in the morning and didn’t drink a drop of water, only coffee, until the afternoon sometime–so for all you preggies out there, HYDRATE LIKE A FRIGGIN’ BOSS.

We have our OBGYN appointment today and I’m going to ask her to check my cervix. I’m going to make a guess that I’m at about 2cm dilated. Let’s see if I’m right (here is a post that explains the whole dilation thing). I’m also curious to see what my uterus is measuring. I know I’m still measuring small, but I can’t wait to push this baby out and blow everyone’s minds, because I can feel the immense size of this boy. I just know these things. I’ll give you guys an update tomorrow or something.

I’ve got a post ready to rock and roll on what I packed in my hospital bag (it’s all ready to go!) and I’m working on a newborn essentials post too, that I hope I’ll be able to put up later this week.

I’m almost there! Tell me your thoughts! Ask me your questions!

Have you ever had an infected ingrown hair? If you died from one, would you tell people? Wait–uhhh–never mind.

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  • meredith @ cookie chrunicles August 8, 2017, 10:55 am

    you crack me up. even if you really did feel like you might die from the ingrown hair as it spiraled out of control, I can’t help but laugh along lol. omg those Braxton hicks. you are bringing me back! I remember the one night I swore they were regular and I forced myself asleep because I was so not ready to go into labor that night. not that I was ever really ready for labor. ha.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 8, 2017, 1:19 pm

      It’s weird, because we simultaneously want to go into labour and not go into labour. It’s terrifying, but so is the thought of staying pregnant forever!

  • Laura August 8, 2017, 11:42 am

    When I was maybe 20 weeks I accidentally ate a moldy cheese stick in a fit of OMG hunger and then immediately panicked when I noticed and basically thought I was done for. I touched my dogs flea collar in the weeks before I had Hannah. I was convinced we were all going to die because of chemicals or something.

    Pregnancy is terrifying. It’s like marathon taper and phantom pains on steroids.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 8, 2017, 1:18 pm

      Did you ever read the post about how I drank a plastic bag that I had obliterated in the blender? I made myself vom. You’re totally right to compare it to marathon tapering with phantom pains! SO TRUE!

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes August 8, 2017, 1:27 pm

    I fear for how paranoid I will be during pregnancy. The other day my calf cramped and I spent a few hours afraid that I had DVT and would die in the middle of the work day – seriously. I hope your OB/GYN appointment goes well!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 8, 2017, 7:38 pm

      Ha ha ha… Okay, I giggled a bit but ONLY because I SO RELATE to you.

  • Elsa August 8, 2017, 4:54 pm

    When I was 25 weeks pregnant, I was convinced I was going into labour. Turned out I had to pee and I was just being lazy about it.

    I had an ingrown hair once. It was huge. And terrifying. My doctor offered to lance it for me and I said he’ll no, because I had to fly to San Diego the next day and I didn’t want to end up in the States with necrotizing fasciitis.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 8, 2017, 7:38 pm

      Ooooooh… I’d love to see it lanced. I remember my son Freddy had a super infected finger; it looked like he dipped the entire tip of it into white paint. We went to the doctor and he lanced it and all this pus poured out. Okay, my mouth is watering now.

  • Allie Capo-Burdick August 9, 2017, 2:45 am

    As someone who exclusively waxes, you need not tell me how horrible ingrown hairs are…however, I never had one when I was as pregnant as you are!! You still look so great and I’m not sure how you’re managing that! Hope you’re right with your dilation number and that it won’t be long now… xo

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 9, 2017, 6:22 am

      Well the GOOD thing about being pregnant while having an ingrown is that I couldn’t really see it.

  • Susie @ Suzlyfe August 9, 2017, 4:23 am

    I Had a HUGE ingrown pube this weekend. It got dealt with. J is big enough to fight it off, but Yoshi… yoshi could have been consumed. I get ingrowns down there too much–thus why I wax. If I shaved,… ooooiiii I wouldn’t be able to wear underwear.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 9, 2017, 6:21 am

      Don’t you think it’s kind of special that we both had ingrowns together at the same time? AND we have the same name? I feel extraordinarily close to you rn.

  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home August 9, 2017, 4:52 am

    I do love that whole train of thoughts…that is something I would do because I am also an anxiety girl. Nothing is uneventful to me!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 9, 2017, 6:20 am

      It’s almost like I create stress just for fun……

  • Ana August 11, 2017, 10:43 am

    How can you even see the ingrown hair? Do you use that bump vagina medicine ? I used to use it, it helps with irritation. I also use an acne face wash on the front, to keep the ingrown hairs and pimples away in the summer. Also, bacitracin or neosporin helps with the healing of ingrown hairs… ok, clearly I take too much time caring for my vagina!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 11, 2017, 1:35 pm

      Vaginas are important and should NEVER be neglected and no, I can’t see mine right now. I had to deal with the ingrown with a handheld mirror. It was harder than backing up a trailer.

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets August 13, 2017, 8:33 am

    Ingrown hairs are the worst in the best of places. Anything with the vajay should be off limits for freaky shit. There should be some universal rule about that.
    Also, if it makes you feel any better, I had a small mole down there, which grew to the size of a watermelon during pregnancy. I thought I had skin cancer but the OBGYN said it was normal. She also cut that shit off post delivery, thank goodness.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 14, 2017, 6:25 am

      YES! I remember you telling me about that mole! You could have made money off that thing–charged for viewing like at a circus or something. Hindsight is always 20/20.

  • San August 14, 2017, 2:58 pm

    You look great and I am glad the ingrown hair worked itself out. I had one of those and yes they can be painful… but I don’t think you can die from it 😉

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